Hidden Treasures of Sardinia
- VIP door to door
Explore the history and flavours of this island paradise
Circled by white sandy beaches and deep emerald waters, there’s no denying Sardinia is a Mediterranean paradise.
But dig a little deeper below the surface and you’ll discover there’s also a treasure trove of cultural and archaeological gems to be admired.
Explore ancient city ruins and medieval centres. Sip wine and taste local specialities at an authentic agriturismo. Dip your toes in crystal clear waters and take a train ride through unspoilt nature.
It’s true what’s been said: Sardinia is different.
8 nights in hotels
12 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 4 dinners (days 1, 4 and 6-7)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tours in Cagliari and Alghero
- Product tasting in San Benedetto Market; ice cream tasting in Cagliari; Malvasia wine tasting; stargazing evening
- Entrance to Nora Archaeological Park; Sant’Antioco Byssus Museum; Barumini with guided tour; Aymerich Park; Basilica di Saccargia; Bandit Museum; Green Train excursion (with lunch box)
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways or easyJet from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
- Day 1 UK to Cagliari
- Day 2 Cagliari
- Day 3 Pula to Sant'Antioco
- Day 4 Barumini to Aymerich Park to Laconi to Oristano
- Day 5 Tharros to Bosa to Alghero
- Day 6 Alghero
- Day 7 Castelsardo to Aggius to Golfo di Marinella
- Day 8 Costa Smeralda
- Day 9 Golfo di Marinella to Olbia to UK
Mariano IV Palace Hotel
Day 1 UK to Cagliari
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Cagliari.
On arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel.
Day 2 Cagliari
Cagliari, the island’s capital is golden-hued and tree-lined with traces of its rich past everywhere you go.
Today, we’ll become acquainted on a guided tour and take in some of the highlights including the old city ramparts, the old town and the cathedral of Santa Maria. We’ll also stop by San Benedetto Market, to taste some local products.
The rest of the afternoon is free, interrupted only for an ice cream tasting at a local gelateria.
Day 3 Pula to Sant'Antioco
South of the city in Pula lies one of Sardinia’s most important archaeological sites. The ancient city of Nora is 3,000 years old and contains the remains of its Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman rulers.
Next is the volcanic island of Sant’Antioco, a huddle of colourful houses looking out onto Sardinia’s famously blue waters. Once inside, wide palm-lined avenues lead to spacious squares. The basilica and its catacombs is a real highlight and we’ll visit the Byssus Museum, to see unique tapestries created using the ‘silk of the sea’.
Day 4 Barumini to Aymerich Park to Laconi to Oristano
Our first stop is Barumini, where a local guide will escort us on a tour of the Su Nuraxi complex of Nuraghi, Megalithic stone structures unique to Sardinia.
We continue to Aymerich Park, a botanical paradise of rare plants. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll love wandering around this natural oasis discovering exotic plants and the ruins of medieval buildings.
In nearby Laconi we’ll have some leisure time - maybe stroll in the Palazzo Aymerich, host to the Museum of Prehistoric Sardinian Statues, then end the day in Oristano.
Day 5 Tharros to Bosa to Alghero
This morning, we’ll pass by the ruins of Tharros; a Carthaginian and Roman port originally built by the Phoenicians. The site enjoys a glorious position on the seafront of the Sinis Peninsula.
By the afternoon, we will arrive in Bosa, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful towns. You’ll notice it from a distance; the rainbow houses stacked on a steep hillside are instantly recognisable.
We’ll stop by the tiny museum-village of Tinnura, famous for the art of weaving, murals and Malvasia wine (don’t worry, we won’t leave without a tasting).
Day 6 Alghero
at prettily on the northwest seafront, the one-time Catalonian colony of Alghero is one of the island’s most beautiful medieval cities. The historic centre is a tight web of cobbled streets and Spanish-style piazzas, which slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. We’ll enjoy a guided walk, taking in Santa Maria Cathedral, San Francesco church and the tower of Porta Terra.
This afternoon you can explore further, or join our optional boat trip to the Nettuno caves (Neptune’s grotto) in Capo Caccia.
We arrive in Alghero and we’ll have a special dinner this evening at an authentic agriturismo (farm) for a real taste of the rural life as well as some mirto (local liqueur). We’ll then look upwards into the sky, for a guided stargazing evening.
Day 7 Castelsardo to Aggius to Golfo di Marinella
Today we journey towards the famed Costa Smeralda, visiting the Romantic-era Basilica di Saccargia en route. Its tall, dark bell tower has punctuated the plain of Saccargia since the 12th century and we’ll learn of its legends.
We continue to the 13th-century Aragonese stronghold of Castelsardo. Imagine steep, winding streets, rugged defensive towers and women sitting in doorways weaving elaborate baskets. It’s little wonder it has been listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.
Then, we stop to stretch our legs in the deeply traditional village of Aggius, a huddle of granite houses clustered around a historic centre. There’s a longstanding history of banditry and we’ll visit the Bandit Museum - all will be revealed!
Day 8 Costa Smeralda
Named for its brilliant blue-green waters, Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is the poster girl for the entire island and Porto Cervo is the glitzy heart. We stay just north of all the bustle and glamour, where the famously clear waters lap at the local sandy beaches.
This afternoon we board the Trenino Verde (Green Train) passing through some of the most spectacular unspoilt scenery the island has to offer, from Arzachena to Tempio Pausania.
Enjoy some free time in the latter before we head to glamorous Porto Cervo. Meander along the boutique-lined avenues and watch the yachts bobbing in the sparkling marina.
Day 9 Golfo di Marinella to Olbia to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
A room tax of between €1-5 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.